November 8, 2008

Sir Ken Robinson on The Power of the Imaginative Mind

About 10 days ago I had a rough night sleep, got the kids up and going, and seriously considered going back to bed after I checked my email. That was a big mistake, because one thing led to another and I found myself on the Edutopia website where a video by Ken Robinson was sitting right on the front page. He was talking about creativity to a gathering of public school superintendents. Adrenaline shot through my system and I was wide awake. I clicked play and it was all over. No nap, but lots of inspiration.

I jotted down some of the quotes that jumped out at me (loosely quoted):
  • The one thing that sets us apart as humans is our imagination and we spend most of our time suppressing it.
  • Children are dislocated from their natural talents by being educated.
  • The issue is not to reform education but to transform it into something else.
  • Why do we educate children by age as if the most important thing they have in common is their date of manufacture?
  • Creativity is as important as literacy and numeracy.
  • Great teaching nurtures and brings out a child's natural abilities for innovation.
I can't embed these two videos, but I can link to them. If you want to watch them, here they are:

Creatively Speaking, Part I by Sir Ken Robinson

Creatively Speaking, Part II by Sir Ken Robinson

Who needs caffeine, anyway?

6 comments:

Karen said...

I can't wait until I have a few minutes to watch these links... hopefully sometime this weekend. It was a Sir Ken Robinson video that I saw the first time I came here; it's a great blog, full of resources for a homeschooler like me. Thanks!
Karen

Jena said...

Thanks Karen. You'll love these videos. :)

Genevieve said...

ooooh, I'm so excited! Thanks for sharing!

Unknown said...

This came at a perfect time. I am participating in book discussion through
http://www.nwei.org/discussion_courses/course-offerings/heathty-children-healthy-planet
with other homeschooling moms. Chapter five discusses how children's creativity diminishes as they progress through schools, overscheduling, lack of family time and personal down time.
Watching this video on imagination creates fear in me of what we are doing to prepare our children for the future. However, I do feel motivated that many of us are following what Sir Ken Robinson recommends: we are not educating by age, we are not educating based on large amounts of money, and we are promoting LOTS of creativity by allowing our children TIME during the day to just create. Maybe our children will be examples of what is possible! Cathy

~Human beings are born with a great deal of creativity, and by the age of twelve, we've lost most of it. The world just slams it out of us. - Madeleine L'Engle

Heather said...

Oh wow, must go watch.

Mindy said...

These were excellent, thanks so much for posting them! I can always count on your blog for inspiration!

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